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Bryce Milnik Continues To Prosper WITHOUT Ecmo Machine

Stanford, CA — As of 4am Friday, Bryce Daniel Milnik has been off the Ecmo machine for 36 hours.

Following is the latest update from the family at the Lucille Packard Children´s Hospital at the Stanford Medical Center;

February 08, 2007 at 12:07 PM PST

At 4:00 this afternoon Bryce will have been off the ecmo machine for 24 hours. The doctors say that the first 48 hours off the circuit are a good indication of whether or not he will make it. Yesterday evening, the surgeon came in to let us know that his heart had been beating off of the ecmo machine for about an hour and a half, and that an echocardiogram revealed that his compression was excellent. They were still seeing the high pressure in the upper chamber of his heart (not relaxing after contraction as much as needed), but the surgeon said they have seen that before and that usually the heart adapts accordingly once the ecmo machine is removed. This morning one of the nurses said that all his labs looked excellent, and that his blood pressure is still good. If all goes well today, then possibly later on tomorrow they will look at closing up his chest. It is truly a mircale to think that just about a week ago, the doctors said there was pretty much no chance that he would make it.

Most are very amazed and can´t believe how strong he has been, but we know that it is because his God makes him strong. One of the cardiologists used the termdeep pit” to describe where he has come from over the week and Psalm 40 which we had just been reading came to mind:I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders (miracles) you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” Praise God!!! We are so full of thankfulness, and just continue to pray earnestly for Bryce´s continued healing and recovery and for all the doctors in this wonderful hospital that God has empowered and used to take care of Bryce.

Thank you so much for faithfully praying for Bryce, and we would just continue to ask for those prayers over the remainder of this critical 48 hours and also through what the doctors say will be avery long road to recovery.” Praise God for his faithfulness, and may He bring glory to Himself through Bryce.

Written by Bill Johnson